MA (Theatre Practice and Production) — full-time

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This full-time MA programme aims to prepare students for professional-level work in the theatre and/or other creative industries — or to deepen the knowledge of people who are already working in those fields. Students take modules in many different aspects of theatre practice, including ensemble performance, direction, acting, and so on. An optional internship with an Irish theatre company forms part of the course. During hte summer months, students complete a practice-based project, involving the staging of their own plays and/or performances, which they write about in the form of a final dissertation.

The course is suited to anyone with an interest in Drama and Theatre, especially theatre practitioners who wish to gain a formal qualification for their work, and amateur/student performers who wish to enhance and develop their skills. Candidates who do not hold a primary degree may apply on the basis of relevant experience.

Key facts

Entry requirements

At least a H2.2.  Entry for candidates with significant relevant experience may be possible.

Duration: 1 year full-time

Next start date: September 2014

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date: Offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Students choose six modules (three in each semester) from the following list:


Ensemble Acting and Devising
Writing about Theatre and Performance
Irish Theatre in Practice
Theatre Theory
Theatre for Children and Yound People
New Approaches to Performance
Performance Lab
Directing for Stage
Fieldwork and Theatre Business (includes intership)


Each module is worth 10 ECTs, giving a total of 60 ECTs.

In addition, students complete a dissertation, worth 30 ECTs. The dissertation involves the staging of a theatre production or performance, which students then write about reflectively.

Who teaches this course?

Professor Patrick Lonergan

Dr Charlotte McIvor

Dr Miriam Haughton

Garry Hynes, Artistic Director of Druid and Associate Professor

Thomas Conway, Druid Director-in-Residence

Max Hafler

Find out more

Charlotte McIvor

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2014/15
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15